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HIV and Women’s Health

Our research centers on HIV and women’s health. We inform, develop and test HIV prevention and treatment interventions specific to women who are involved in criminal justice systems, women with substance use disorders, and women experiencing intimate partner violence. In doing so, we aim to develop interventions that address social determinants of health and are gender-responsive and trauma-informed.

We apply principles of implementation science to adapt these interventions to key contexts, including criminal justice settings (prison, jail, probation, parole), drug treatment centers, and domestic violence service providers. Our work includes using patient-centered decision aids on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to help women make informed choices about HIV prevention, scaling up PrEP among key populations of women, and integrating housing and health services for people who are justice-involved.

We strive to build programs for social justice, empowerment, and access to services to alleviate the burden of infectious diseases among key populations.